Principal Designer Capital Projects

Estates & Commercial Services

Stoke-on-Trent, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £51,034 to £59,135 per annum
  • REF: ECS21-03
  • Closes: 21st March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Who is Staffordshire University?

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is located in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence located in the towns of Stafford and Shrewsbury.

After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, our University has constantly expanded its physical presence through new and industry-leading building developments and facilities. Looking towards our 2030 strategy, we are now transforming specific business processes to improve the student experience and integrate a wider feeling of inclusion and safety for our on-campus community.

About the role

The role will take the lead role in the design and project management of the University’s capital projects across a mixed-use Estate portfolio of research and teaching facilities, student residences, social and hospitality space, sports facilities and commercial space. As a key member of the Estates Projects Team, the role will provide technical advice and guidance into a wide variety of projects and initiatives, working with both in-house teams and external consultants.

The role demands experience of good sustainability practice, reducing carbon in design, construction and use and working towards Zero Net Carbon objectives on all projects where practicable.

The postholder will be educated to degree and higher degree level in Architecture with professional qualifications up to RIBA Part 3 and a member of ARB as a minimum and the RIBA (preferred).  A minimum of 10 years post RIBA Part 3 experience and experience of successfully leading a design team of professional staff in an architectural practice or property services organisation is essential.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; experienced in preparing, analysing and presenting. complex information to a range of audiences and stakeholders effectively using a variety of mediums.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where all can be ourselves and succeed on merit.

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

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